The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade--also known as the largest LGBT gathering in North America (and the second-largest in the world, after Sao Paulo, Brazil's)--rocks our city on June 28-29, 2014, the last full weekend in June. Here is an overview of what to expect, including transportation information. For pride-themed marches, concerts, parties, films, and other activities leading up to and during the same weekend, check our guide to related LGBT events.
SF PRIDE 2014: What & Why
With more than 200 parade groups and floats, hundreds of vendors and community organizations, and activities for everyone from gay seniors to hip-hoppers, SF Pride is two days of revelry. This year’s theme is "Color Our World With Pride," to highlight discriminatory laws in Nigeria, Russia and elsewhere and to support LGBT people worldwide.
SF Pride commemorates the June 1969 Stonewall riots, in which gays protested a routine police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a mostly gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. The riots jump-started the gay rights movement, and in 1970, gatherings to mark their first anniversary were held in New York and San Francisco.
SF PRIDE CELEBRATION
June 28, at 12-6 pm, & June 29, at 11 am-6:30 pm
Civic Center, San Francisco
Requested minimum donation $5
The SF Pride Celebration, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at and around Civic Center Plaza, has entertainment on multiple stages, community groups, exhibitors, merchants and food. The main stage next to City Hall showcases entertainers, leaders and 2014 grand marshals, including comedian Marga Gomez, television host Liam Mayclem, San Francisco band The She's and litigator Roberta Kaplan, whose argument before the U.S. Supreme Court led to the 2013 ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act violated equal protection.
Scattered around Civic Center (roughly between Van Ness Ave. and Leavenworth St., and between Market and Turk streets) are nearly two dozen stages and areas designated for various niches and groups within the LGBT community, including women, youths and families, senior citizens, people who are transgender, sober or deaf, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, leather lovers and fans of country-Western, hip-hop, indie, electro/new wave or underground trance music. SF Pride's online map will help you navigate the scene.
SF PRIDE PARADE
June 29, at 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Starts at Market & Beale streets; ends at Market & 8th streets
The parade kicks off with a literal roar, led by Dykes on Bikes. Politicians, floats, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and contingents from companies, government departments, nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and other organizations follow the motorcycles up Market Street to the doorstep of the Pride Celebration.
* SF Pride Parade honorees
The 2014 parade’s lifetime achievement grand marshal is Judy Grahn, who teaches and writes about women's spirituality, feminism and lesbian activism.
Celebrity grand marshals are lawyer Roberta Kaplan (mentioned above), who successfully argued the United States v. Windsor case in which the Supreme Court in effect legalized gay marriage; pop-culture commentator Ross Mathews; and writer Janet Mock, who launched the #GirlsLikeUs movement to support trans women. Special guests are Barney Frank, who in 1987 became the first member of Congress to come out as openly gay, and EJ Johnson III, son of basketball star Magic Johnson, fashion trend-setter and one of the subjects of the reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.
* SF Pride Parade Broadcasts
There's nothing like experiencing the color and sounds of the pride parade in person. But if you can't, you can tune in to the June 29 parade remotely:
- Live broadcast: Comcast Hometown Network Channel 104
- Live webcast: SFPrideLive.com, from 10 am on
- Delayed broadcast: KOFY TV20-Cable 13, at 7 pm
Parking is a headache in San Francisco generally, and it'll be a migraine during SF Pride. Spare yourself and take public transit, bike or walk. The SF Pride website lists various transportation options.
Many streets will be closed for the SF Pride Celebration and Parade and related events. Check with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency before you venture out.